Monday, July 11, 2011

The Collingwood Elvis Festival

It's that wonderful time of year again. Time to celebrate all things Elvis. The annual Collingwood Elvis Festival is almost here, so in honour of 'The King of Rock 'N' Roll", for the next two weeks, the questions will be all about Elvis. True Elvis fans won't have a problem with any of these, so good luck.

Well, I guess there's not much else to say, except "thank you! Thank you very much!"


1. Elvis' mom Gladys was 46 when she died in 1958. Elvis was 42 when he died in 1977. At what age was Elvis' father when he passed away?

2. After Elvis received his draft notice in 1957, the Draft Board gave him a 60 day deferrment to complete a movie. Which movie was it?

3. Any Elvis fan knows that his full name is Elvis Aaron Presley (although his birth certificate issued by the state of Mississippi misspelled it as Aron. His Social Security card also spelled it Aron). He had a twin brother who died at birth. What was the full name of Elvis' twin?

4. Sam Phillips of Sun Records was the man who signed and recorded Elvis for the first time. His first release on Sun was "That's All Right". Which popular Memphis disc jockey played it for the very first time?

5. There are dozens of names that Elvis was given for various movies. One of the following three names was not an Elvis movie character's name. Can you guess the wrong one? a. Danny Fisher b. Lonnie Beale c. Jimmy Tomkins.


1. Elvis' dad, Vernon Elvis Presley, died on June 26, 1979 at the age of 63. He outlived his son by less than two years.

2. The movie Elvis completed before he reported for induction into the U.S. Army was "King Creole". Elvis received a 60 day deferrment from the Army to finish the movie and reported for induction on March 24, 1958.

3. The full name of Elvis' twin was Jesse Garon Presley. He was delivered stillborn on January 8, 1935.

4. Although he wasn't related to Sam Phillips, the DJ's name was Dewey Phillips who worked at WHBQ in Memphis.

5. Sorry, this one was a trick question. Elvis played all three of these characters in various movies. Danny Fisher was the name of Elvis' character in 1958's "King Creole"; He played Lonnie Beale in "Tickle Me", released in 1965; Elvis played Jimmy Tomkins in 1956's "Loving You". It was only Elvis' second movie. A few of the other names Elvis was given for movie characters include: Clint Reno ("Love Me Tender"), Tulsa McLean ("G.I. Blues"), Pacer Burton ("Flaming Star") and Toby Kwimper ("Follow That Dream") .

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